In an effort to erase “abortion stigma,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards penned an introspective article detailing her personal abortion for Elle Magazine titled “Ending the Silence That Fuels Abortion Stigma.” At glance, Richards’ article addressed the issue that she says women who obtain abortions face: shame and judgement from culture.
To tear down the ironclad walls of stigma, Richards contends that there must be a concerted effort to dialogue about abortion and the right of women to choose “reproductive health care” without backlash or criticism from the public. This stigma, as Richards describes, is a sting she experienced firsthand through an abortion that she obtained years prior. Though she says it wasn’t a “difficult decision,” the Planned Parenthood president said it is high time that a discussion on the benefits of abortion be brought to the table.
Richards is correct in part: a strong stigma exists against women in the United States; however, her analysis of the culture errors ever so slightly. True, there is a deeply entrenched stigma in this country that has permeated the fabric of society, soaking through media, through the school system, and through virtually every aspect of culture. Sadly, it is one that is fundamental to all humanity: a stigma against the conviction to uphold the value of each human life. The greater issue today is not an “abortion stigma,” but a stigma on human rights — the integrity of an individual to value human life regardless of one’s age, size, gender, physical capabilities, or race — and to uphold their right to life above every other human right.
Kate Allatt suffered a stroke in 2013 when she was 39 years old. The mother of three (ages 11, 9, and 6) ran 70 miles a week and was actively involved in her children’s lives. After a few weeks of headaches, a doctor misdiagnosed her with migraine and sent her home with pain killers. Five hours later, the blood clot that had all the while been accumulating in her brain stem caused her to suffer a massive stroke. For the next ten days, Allatt was in a medically-induced coma, and the entire time she experienced a terrifying condition called Locked-In Syndrome.
Misti was raised a devout Christian. The daughter of a pastor and the granddaughter of missionaries, she grew up going to church. “In high school, I was really involved in church,” she said. “Right from there, I went to bible college in Canada for two years.” But after returning home from bible college, she realized that things weren’t the same.
“I started feeling like a visitor in my own church,” Misti explained. She was working at Disneyland, and it felt to her that the attitude was, if she wasn’t as involved now as she was in high school, then her former friends wouldn’t be close to her. So she stopped going, and for her, that was a major turning point.
The abortion movement is on a crusade to get women to tell stories about their own abortions. The crusade aims to normalize abortion – including when it’s performed for reasons of convenience, done late-term, or used as birth control.
The abortion movement’s message? Basically this: women shouldn’t have to justify their decisions to end their children’s lives; women should be able to just share their stories among friends.
One abortion activist gives her opinion on why women should talk about their abortions:
[T]he next time someone says the word ‘abortion,’ the hope is that that person you told won’t think about the proverbial bloody fetus, they instead will think about you: a person who they love and respect and made this decision.
And while the “bloody fetus” may indeed be proverbial (meaning well-known), that’s because it’s also true.
Often, the world does not change positions on issues of social justice until it sees the problem for itself. It may not be socially acceptable to show pictures of “bloody fetuses,” but if we showed them constantly – if they were on the news every night – do we really think that abortion would continue for much longer?
I owe you – the readers and the staff of Live Action – an apology. I stopped writing for this blog abruptly and without explanation. It was unprofessional and unkind, and I have no excuse. I can only apologize, and hope you’ll have me back.
I decided, this time last year, to leave the pro-life movement. I had several reasons, but what it boiled down to was: pro-life activism wasn’t my calling; I wasn’t a joiner, a sign-holder, or a saint.
In a new election ad, Catholic Vote features a woman – Rachel – who says it’s “dishonest and condescending” for politicians to act like there’s a War on Women in America while basically ignoring the real war on women elsewhere around the globe.
Women in other nations are being forced to convert to Islam, forced to marry, and forced to work as slaves. Rachel doesn’t mention it, but women in China are also being forcibly sterilized after their nearly full-term babies are aborted. Women are being gang raped, murdered because they’re women, aborted because they’re girls, kidnapped and forced to become sex workers. And there’s still more.
Emily-Anne Buck is a fantastic example of what can be accomplished wherever one is in life. As a wife, a mother of two boys, and a pre-trial release officer at the local sheriff’s office, Emily-Anne makes sure she has time in her schedule to help build a culture of life in her community. The families at risk of being destroyed by abortion in Knoxville, Tennessee can thank Emily for continually working to defend and support them.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently halted parts of the Texas pro-life omnibus bill, HB2. And while the decision from the Court may seem disappointing and discouraging, we need not be completely disheartened.
Both sides of the abortion issue believe that the highest court of the land will ultimately hear a case to do with the Texas state law. And experts in the pro-life movement are confident.
As was mentioned in Lauren Enriquez’s piece for Live Action News, Casey Mattox, of Alliance Defending Freedom, says that they “remain confident that the entirety of Texas’s law will ultimately be upheld.”
When Shelby Magnani went to a walk-in clinic with stomach pains, she was completely unprepared for the great news that was coming. Not only was she six months pregnant and didn’t know it, but she was pregnant with a rare set of twins. She and her fiancé James Croskey were shocked, excited, and scared.
Crescendo, the short film which has earned over eleven international awards, is now available on YouTube. Called the “most powerful pro-life movie of its kind” and “a life-changer” by Joseph Farah, founder of World Net Daily, the film has been screened at thousands of events.
All of this has led human rights activists — like Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng — to outspokenly oppose the brutal policy and the Communist regime that enforces it. Guangcheng, a lawyer who escaped house arrest under the regime, has been in the US for two years advocating for the rights of women and families in his homeland. He has been outspoken about the horrors he witnessed in China, and on the International Day of the Girl Child this month, Guangcheng said:
Men and women who are considering providing abortions as a career must overcome their natural revulsion to witnessing violence. They must silence their consciences and prepare themselves to participate in the destruction of human life on a daily basis. If they cannot do this, they will not be able to perform abortions. Here are quotes from four people – two medical students, a doctor, and a would-be Planned Parenthood director, going through this process.
Last week, America’s abortion giant broke ground on a new abortion complex in New York City. Though The New York Timesrefers to the complex as a “$9 million health center,” Planned Parenthood’s complexes throughout the nation are really abortion assembly lines.
One woman in. Get her done. Another woman in. Get her done. All day long. Erect fences around the property, like a jail. Keep the women in. Have them come back. Make them “need” Planned Parenthood for everything.
The Council of Europe is an international human rights body comprised of 47 nations. In order to join, a country must sign a treaty known as the European Convention On Human Rights. Protocol 6 of that treaty prohibits signatories from using the death penalty… on criminals. Letting a newborn die is apparently fine.
On January 31, Angel Pintado, a Spanish member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, submitted a question to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Mr. Pintado was curious as to “what specific steps will the Committee of Ministers take in order to guarantee that fetuses who survive abortions are not deprived of the medical treatment that they are entitled to – as human persons born alive – according to the European Convention on Human Rights?” The answer was less than inspiring.
Connor Walkow wasn’t expected to live when he was born at just 23 weeks gestation. His mother, Rachel Crockett, and father, Craig Walkow, of Buckinghamshire, England, were told to be prepared to lose him within moments after his birth.
“We were told to say goodbye to Connor and that we wouldn’t see him again. It felt like the end of the world, we were numb,” Crockett told the Mirror. The hospital doesn’t revive babies born before 24 weeks, but the doctor told Crockett and Walkow that if Connor showed signs of life, they would help him.
President Obama has been accused of trying to silence his critics. Apparently he’s silencing his supporters now, too.
That was Gwyneth Paltrow’s experience, anyway. Obama was attending a Democratic fundraiser organized by the Hollywood star when he allegedly robbed Paltrow of her ability to communicate. After describing herself as one of the president’s “biggest fans,” Ms. Paltrow went on to declare, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”
As a heterosexual man, I’m probably not the most qualified person to evaluate President Obama’s physical attractiveness. What I can say is that no matter how handsome someone might be, there are some things that pro-lifers just shouldn’t stay silent about. That includes supporting sensible rules to protect women from negligent and malicious doctors. The good news is that Arizona and other states have passed laws allowing surprise inspections of abortion clinics. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has revealed that she had an abortion. In an essay submitted to Elle magazine, Richards recalls:
There’s a big difference between sharing your story and being forced to justify your decision… I know this firsthand. I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me and my husband, and it wasn’t a difficult decision.
Like nearly all abortion clinics, Everett’s clinics had “recovery rooms” where women could stay after their abortions until the anesthesia wore off or they felt well enough to leave. Everett says there were two main reactions among women right after their abortions:
…[T]here are two reactions in the recovery room. The first one is: I’ve killed my baby. And even then, it amazed me that that was the first time they called it a baby and the first time they called it murder. But, you know, as bad as that sounds, that’s probably the healthiest reaction. That woman is probably going to have the ability to walk out of there and deal with it, and perhaps be healed and go on.
In the name of ending the “stigma” about abortion, the president of Planned Parenthood says aborting her baby “wasn’t a difficult decision.” In a story written for Elle, Cecile Richards says abortion isn’t an issue that should be stigmatized, and sometimes it’s what’s “right” for people.
“I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me and my husband, and it wasn’t a difficult decision. Before becoming president of Planned Parenthood eight years ago, I hadn’t really talked about it beyond family and close friends. But I’m here to say, when politicians argue and shout about abortion, they’re talking about me—and millions of other women around the country.”
Richards joins the chorus of pro-abortion voices who are straying from calling abortion a difficult but needed choice to boldly praising the act of killing. But Richards says abortion should never have been an “issue” in the first place.
Hello, everybody. I’m 19 years old, and 100% pro-life.
I’m also an atheist.
But before you decide to stop reading this, you deserve to know a few things about me.
I was born and raised in a Catholic family. I was baptized a month old, went to Sunday school, and went to church every Sunday. Okay, I went most Sundays. I also know that there are other divisions of Christianity, as well as other religions, and I respect your spirituality, what ever it may be.